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>>> the san francisco health department issues a warning to gay men about the spread of a communicable disease. good evening i'm ken wayne. >> and i'm julie haener. it is a meningitis outbreak but it's not happening here. still the health center takes it serious enough to issue a warning. >> reporter: they say an unusually high number of meningitis cases have been reported until the brooklyn area and it's affecting gay men. san francisco may be thousands of miles from the big apple but health officials here worry that a quick plane ride might land bay area travelers right in the heart of meningitis outbreak in new york city. >> we know there's lots of travel between the two cities. >> reporter: dr. susan phillips is with the san francisco health department. she says new york has had 16 cases of menengococal disease. the cases involve men in areas of brooklyn who are have had intimate contact with other men. >> it's due to a bacterium and it is passed by a very close personal contacts. secretions of any kind including saliva. >> reporter: gay men traveling to new york
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